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Sanbornton fire destroys garage, two vehicles

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A garage and two vehicles were destroyed in a Saturday afternoon fire in Sanbornton that officials are blaming on a wood stove. The Sanbornton Fire Department found the garage fully involved when they arrived at 118 Burleigh Hill Road shortly after 4:45 p.m., according to a press release. At that time, the fire was also endangering the house 20 feet …

Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings commits suicide

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds yesterday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed schools and left people on edge. Bradley William Stone’s body was discovered a …

Mass. prison system not required to pay for sex-reassignment surgery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Massachusetts prison system does not have to provide an inmate with gender-reassignment surgery, reversing an earlier decision that deemed such inaction unconstitutional. Michelle Kosilek, who was born as Robert Kosilek, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1990 for murdering Cheryl McCaul, Kosilek’s wife at the time. For more than …

France agrees to compensate Holocaust deportees

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thousands of Holocaust survivors and family members in the United States and elsewhere will be entitled to compensation from a $60 million French-U.S. fund announced yesterday – reparations to those deported by France’s state rail company SNCF during …

New York: Police: Garner to blame in death

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Eric Garner was overweight and in poor health. He was a nuisance to shop owners who complained about him selling untaxed cigarettes on the street. When the police came to arrest him, he resisted. And if he could …

Magazine backtracks from UVA rape story

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Rolling Stone magazine backtracked on its story of a 2012 gang rape at the University of Virginia and said that its trust in the woman “Jackie,” who reported the alleged attack, was misplaced. “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, …

Ray Duckler: Officers touch on an issue that’s divisive – and hard to discuss

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Some say the police-related killings in Ferguson and New York City are a black and white issue. Others aren’t so sure. The protesters have spoken, blocking traffic on major New York City roadways and bridges, and demonstrating across the country. But what do local cops say? Did the …

Detectives meeting with possible Bill Cosby victim

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Los Angeles police opened an investigation yesterday into a woman’s claims that Bill Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old, a department spokeswoman said. The investigation was opened after Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby …

Ex-justice Horton dies after long illness

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Retired New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Sherman Horton Jr., who served on the high court during a turbulent decade that included the attempted impeachment of the chief judge, died earlier this week, his son said Friday. He was …

White South Carolina cop who shot unarmed black man charged

Friday, December 5, 2014

A white police chief who fatally shot an unarmed black man in South Carolina in 2011 was charged with murder, and his lawyer accused prosecutors of taking advantage of national outrage toward the police to get the indictment. …

US: Cleveland police poorly trained, reckless

Friday, December 5, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department and Cleveland reached an agreement yesterday to overhaul the city’s police department after federal investigators concluded that officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often and have endangered the public and their fellow …

Police cases converge to stir national debate

Friday, December 5, 2014

From the White House to the streets of some of America’s biggest cities, the New York City chokehold case converged with the Ferguson shooting and investigations out of South Carolina and Cleveland to stir a national conversation yesterday …

Former state rep acquitted of sexual assault

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A jury has acquitted a former state representative and city councilor from Dover of sexually assaulting a woman in 2012. Foster’s Daily Democrat reported that Michael Weeden’s parents and other family members sobbed as the jury announced its decision Wednesday. The 23-year-old Weeden had been charged with a …